Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Wildflowers in Wilmette

I have been seeing quite a bit of wild chickory in Wilmette of late. These lovely wildflowers, pictured above, often bloom all summer long. If you are interested in the names of wildflowers which you are seeing, you may want to go to the Wildflowers of Ontario website. The website uses an easy, color based identification system at

Ontario isn't very far away, and Wilmette has many of the same wildflowers. You are sure to enjoy the site if you enjoy the lovely wildflowers which are still blooming in great quantity in and around Wilmette.

If you are looking for information specifically about Illinois wildflowers, two sites can be accessed here and here, but finding a flower match may be more difficult there.


Blogger Balaji said...

That is a very beautiful flower. Enjoyed seeing the same. :-)

Sep 6, 2006, 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

They are beautiful and also abundant. Sometimes people look at an uncultivated area, and all they see is weeds. But wildflowers abound. I am happy you like the picture of the chicory. In past times, people collected the root, roasted it, and added it to coffee.

Sep 6, 2006, 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Balaji said...

Is that so???? No wonder chicory was making my brain stretch.

I think this is done in India even now. So i reckon I am accostomed to drinking coffee with chicory. :)

Sep 7, 2006, 4:03:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Keep a sharp eye out for that chicory, then, and you can roast your own! Once you have seen the picture, you will never mistake the flower. Some people think it is a weed, so don't look for it in a garden.

If the field has been mowed, the flower will be almost at ground level. If the field has not been mowed, it could be higher than your waist!

Since you are in England, you can learn all about plants from those older ladies with the longer skirts and comfy shoes. Don't hesitate to ask them!

You can look for coffee with chicory in the supermarket. It will be plainly marked. It was a great favorite in New Orleans.

Sep 7, 2006, 11:55:00 AM  

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